What Causes Diseases?
By Sondra M. Buschmann



During these last five years of assisting many individuals at the Tibetan Healing Center in their healing journey, we have seen everyday how diseases are manifested from high stress, past physical/sexual abuse, alcohol & drugs, anger, depression, poor eating habits and grief to just name a few.  In Tibetan medicine, the three poisons that cause disease are, anger, jealousy and delusion/attachment.

We see everyday how many individuals need tools to deal with these issues. In our search for ways to enhance our clients’ healing process, we are excited to announce a series of workshops with Pollyanna V. Casmar, Ph.D. Dr. Casmar received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, APA accredited from Washington State University.

Her clinical experience is with the VA., San Diego Healthcare as staff Psychologist in Spinal Cord injury. She is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of California, San Diego, providing inpatient/ outpatient psychological services to individuals and group therapy. In addition, she instructs Psychiatry residents in group psychotherapy and interviewing.

We have asked Dr. Casmar to address three main workshops:

The first series of 4 sessions (each 2 hours) is “Understanding Yourself and the Healing Process.” Dr. Casmar says, “Most of us in the West consider genetic predisposition and environmental factors and sometimes look toward our behaviors when thinking about the substances we put into our bodies — from medication to foods and beverages. Mental Health professionals in the West work with emotional responses and habitual behaviors, as well as education and skill training as a way of decreasing and sometimes eliminating disease.  Eastern and other more traditional cultures tend to focus on all of this, with the addition of strong spiritual understanding and devotion as perhaps the most important method at relieving disease. The four-session workshop will explore all of these disease processes and provide the individual with tools to cope with their disease and/or prevention of disease process.”

The second series is a four-hour one-day workshop on “Transformation of Grief.” This workshop is for survivors of impending or recent loss. Loss is an inevitable part of life, and grief is a natural part of the healing process. Reasons for grief are many, such as the loss of a loved one, loss of health, or letting go of a longheld dream. Dealing with a significant loss can be one of the most difficult times in a person’s life..

The third series is a five-hour  one-day workshop on “Loving Life Together,” A Mindful Partnership’s workshop — Creating the divine spark in your relationship with self, family, workplace and the world. Communicating with yourself and others. Defining yourself. Defining a couple, Setting goals based on a greater understanding.

We don’t believe that any condition is easy to treat, nor do we accept that any condition is too serious to treat, because we see that “small “ conditions grow and “big diseases” can shrink into oblivion.” All of us have a tremendous ability to heal our life if given the tools.  

For more details on these workshops, please call Sondra M. Buschmann at Tibetan Healing Center, (619) 325-0992, 4115 Third Ave., San Diego, California.


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